Opening for Dennis DeYoung: The Music Of STYX.
The songs of John A. Walsh have been described as “intensely personal,” “he sang what I wanted to say…” and, “the lyrics read like a painting…” Walsh is also an accomplished guitarist and vocalist blessed with a sweeping tonal range. His special talent for lyrical depth coupled with an off-the-beaten-path style of chord progression and song structure renders unique, listenable and memorable songs.
Over the years, Walsh has written scores of songs and has performed both as a soloist and in a variety of bands all over the United States. John has had the opportunity to play on the same stage with notables such as Jason Isbell, Lucy Kaplansky, Tim O’Brien, Amanda Shires, Todd Burge and Larkin Poe. He has released nine albums (as a soloist, with The Fields of Gettysburg ensemble, and with George’s Attic and The Fossils).
In 2013, John released The Fields of Gettysburg to coincide with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. John’s all original song cycle brought real historical characters to life, enabling the listener to get to know people of the day on a personal level. The record, co-produced by Parkersburg singer/songwriter, Todd Burge, brought together an impressive ensemble of musicians, including Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce and Michael Lipton, two-time Grammy winner Tim O’Brien, Jessica Baldwin, Colton Pack and Justin Arthur. Met with wide critical acclaim, The Fields of Gettysburg was featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage and is currently available at Tamarack and The Gettysburg National Park’s Museum Gift Store.
Guitarist Jeff George will be joining John for this evening’s performance. Jeff and John have been playing music together on and off for 40 years, starting with their very first garage band – Scenario – when they were at Marietta Junior High School (1977). Jeff is a virtuoso lead guitarist who has played with countless bands and appears on numerous recordings (including records by 11/11, George’s Attic, The Fossils, and John A. Walsh). Jeff also composes original music; in fact, he and Walsh have co-written many songs over their years performing together.
For more information on John and his music, please visit www.johnawalsh.com